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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:24 pm 
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Latin American democracy is crumbling under corruption
By Edward Lynch, opinion contributor — 03/28/18 08:00 AM EDT
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Corruption comes from the combination of excessive government power and insufficient intra-government competition. The first puts government officials in charge of too many people’s lives and livelihoods. The second insures that bribery and lucrative conflicts of interest take place without accountability. Overlaying the entire system is a political culture, resulting from decades of dictatorship, that permits officials to steal without a pang of conscience, and convinces private citizens that redress is impossible.

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The article sez the answer to corruption is a constitution (and free press) like ours with it's checks and balances, but we aren't free of corruption ... the swamp.

I believe it's our 'Private property':

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Danny Glover: Hollywood's Biggest Useful Idiot
Leftist actor visits Caracas to praise socialist regime starving its people.
March 30, 2018
David Paulin

Socialist Venezuela has become a workers' hell – not the paradise Hugo Chávez promised. The poor literally pick through garbage to find food. Yet left-wing Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover was oblivious to this misery during his most recent good-will visit to Caracas, the capital, where he hobnobbed with President Nicolás Maduro and praised the socialist regime. The 71-year-old Glover, however, said nothing about Venezuela's dire shortages of food, medicines, and even toilet paper – calamities that have made President Maduro widely despised by the poor majority in oil-rich yet impoverished Venezuela.

Shocking news reports emerge daily from Venezuela about its collapsing economy. Has Glover not been paying attention? Poor Venezuelans not only eat from garbage piles but are fleeing abroad, having given up on what the late President Hugo Chávez called “Twenty-First-Century Socialism.” They are joining unending columns of refugees trekking under a blazing into neighboring Colombia. Human rights groups and regional leaders call it a “humanitarian crisis.” Yet when speaking at the presidential palace on Saturday, March 24, Glover nevertheless rattled off a list of Venezuela-style socialism's supposed accomplishments – comments dutifully reported by local media outlets.
“It is a privilege to be here,” beamed Glover, explaining that Venezuela's revolution was about “uplifting human beings” and creating a “collective humanity.” It was a let-them-eat cake moment – or perhaps that should be “let them eat garbage.”And it was interesting to see who failed to show up: none of Glover's left-wing Hollywood buddies were on hand. They once made a beeline to Caracas to hobnob with Hugo Chávez and praise his socialist revolution, with the two most famous being Oliver Stone, the director and filmmaker; and actor and filmmaker Sean Penn. Both have kept a low-profile regarding Venezuela since Hugo Chávez's socialist revolution turned into a nightmare.

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... osing-hope

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'It feels like we're all dying slowly': Venezuela's doctors losing hope

With major shortages of medicines, many doctors are joining the exodus of people trying to find a better life abroad


After six years of studying and working part-time jobs, Cristian Diaga, 24, will soon graduate from medical school in Caracas, Venezuela. But instead of continuing his training in a top hospital in the country, as he had hoped, he is taking a job in a fast-food restaurant in Argentina – a situation he says is much more preferable.

“I do feel bad leaving. I think everyone would like to give something back to their country, but right now it is my life and future and all my possibilities to help my family to get out of this madness,” he says.

More than half of Venezuelans between 15 and 29 want to move abroad permanently, according to a poll carried out by the US firm Gallup and shared exclusively with the Guardian.

“In Venezuela, it feels like we are all just dying slowly and there’s no hope for a change. I don’t care if I’m gonna work as a doctor or not. I just want to have food, medicines, security, a house, a car, and be able to give a good life to my loved ones,” he says.

But it’s not as though many of Diaga’s relatives still live in the country – the majority have fled to Argentina by road through Brazil. And soon he will join them.

“My younger brother had to leave because the urgent medicines [he needs] can’t be found here and with my mum’s salary it’s impossible to buy them in another country.

“If I go to Argentina, at least I will be with my family and together I think we’ll be able to make progress,” he says.

Shortages of medicines are well-documented in Venezuela, with patients often having to buy prescriptions and basic medical supplies using contacts abroad and risk having them sent over, or purchasing at highly-inflated prices on the black market. But many are going without.

“Every day we see people dying for diseases that we know exactly how to cure but when you don’t even have gloves, masks, gauzes, medicines or some big but necessary equipment, it’s too hard.

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“And at the same time it’s scary, because some families have ended up hitting us, frustrated and feeling that we don’t want to do anything to save their loved ones and that we are guilty for this dramatic situation,” he says.

Colombia, which officially took in more than half a million Venezuelans over the last six months of 2017, is continuing to to be a destination of choice among those looking for a better life. Elena Rincones, 25, a political scientist from Caracas, is relocating there this month to make sure she has access to the medicine she needs.

“I’d rather be working as a waitress and being able to ship my father his meds than watch him die slowly because we can’t find them nor afford them if we do. Last month alone I spent 10 times the minimum wage most Venezuelans earn on my dad’s medicine for his diabetes.

“And last time I got sick, I had to look in about six pharmacies to get the medication I needed. There are no medicines, people are even dying due to lack of antibiotics,” she says.

Ysabel Limas, 65, a retired writer, says she does not want to leave her home in Venezuela, but cannot afford the medication her stepmother needs. She has little savings and no family outside the country to call on for help.

“I cannot move, but I’d love to move. My stepmum, who is 96, is living in a nursing home. Luckily I don’t need to take a regular prescription. However, the pills for my stepmum, who suffers from dementia, are only available by a section or the whole the blister strip. There’s been no availability of these medicines at any pharmacy for a long time.

“I found a person who can be contacted by email for medicine request. He finds your prescriptions, then you meet this guy or a person who you are supposed to pay in cash and you get the exact number of pills,” she says.

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As is often the case when official channels dry up, black market trade booms. Ordinary people left with no other choice are turning to unofficial channels, with many taking advantage of the demand for drugs to supplement their meagre wages.

Daniel Lopez, 35, an architect from Caracas who to Colombia last year, is trying to help from afar. He runs a non-profit medicine service which redistributes basic medical supplies from Colombia to Venezuela free of charge.

“Families and friends of friends call me asking for the cost of a medicine that is urgent for someone they know or themselves. Most of the time they can’t buy it because of the cost or the medicine is regulated. And they can’t afford to travel to Colombia to buy it.

“So what we do is collect some common and cheap medicine and wait for someone we trust who has planned a trip to Venezuela, to give them the medical supplies to deliver to our loved ones. We can’t risk sending the medicine through the mail as it’s prohibited by law,” he says.

And many others are doing the same. Fran Mejía, 35, a music producer who now lives in Barcelona, Spain, sends medicine to his mother, who is a doctor in Caracas.


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When half of the youth of your nation want to flee due to the shitty circumstances, what future does the country have?

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 Post subject: Re: More news from the people's paradise.....
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When half of the youth of your nation want to flee due to the shitty circumstances, what future does the country have?


I can't help but wonder how many Venezuelans, who supported the uber-socialist gov't policies in the past, are now moving to other countries.

More specifically, I'm wondering how many haven't learned their lesson & will continue to push for ever-increasing big corrupt government so prevalent in south america. :roll: Now that it's inevitably turned to shit, the believers will spread out too.

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chijohnaok wrote:

When half of the youth of your nation want to flee due to the shitty circumstances, what future does the country have?


I can't help but wonder how many Venezuelans, who supported the uber-socialist gov't policies in the past, are now moving to other countries.

More specifically, I'm wondering how many haven't learned their lesson & will continue to push for ever-increasing big corrupt government so prevalent in south america. :roll: Now that it's inevitably turned to shit, the believers will spread out too.



You see something similar in the US where people from high tax states like California, Illinois and NY/New England flee to lower tax states like Texas and Florida and then advocate for the same sort of shit that they just left behind.

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https://hotair.com/archives/2018/04/17/ ... ting-feet/

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Collapse: Venezuelan Oil Workers Voting … With Their Feet

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Posted at 8:41 am on April 17, 2018

Nicolas Maduro has claimed the state-owned oil company PDVSA as an example of “maximum socialist efficiency.” Its production trends tell a much different story, but Reuters notices another kind of output that portends even more economic disaster for Venezuela. Working conditions have deteriorated to the point where workers have lined up to quit, only to be told that their resignations won’t be accepted:

What’s going on is that thousands of oil workers are fleeing the state-run oil firm under the watch of its new military commander, who has quickly alienated the firm’s embattled upper echelon and its rank-and-file, according to union leaders, a half-dozen current PDVSA workers, a dozen former PDVSA workers and a half-dozen executives at foreign companies operating in Venezuela.

Some PDVSA offices now have lines outside with dozens of workers waiting to quit. In at least one administrative office in Zulia state, human resources staff quit processing out the quitters, hanging a sign, “we do not accept resignations,” an oil worker there told Reuters.

Official workforce statistics have become a closely guarded secret, but a dozen sources told Reuters that many thousands of workers had quit so far this year – an acceleration of an already troubling outflow last year.

About 25,000 workers resigned between the start of January 2017 and the end of January 2018, said union leader and government critic Ivan Freites, citing internal company data. That figure comes out of a workforce last officially reported by PDVSA at 146,000 in 2016.


The exodus flows from every level of PDVSA, but it’s the educated flight that might matter most in the long run. Professionals at PDVSA no longer earn enough to feed their families, but they also have skills and knowledge that will allow them to flee to other countries in South America and start over. The Venezuelan education system is no longer capable of producing professionals; in a country that can no longer feed itself, baccalaureate degrees are a low priority, let alone doctorates in engineering and law.

The flight of workers at other levels present more acute issues, and not just in production. Without enough people to service the equipment, the job’s getting more dangerous too:

Jobs at PDVSA were once coveted for their generous salaries and benefits, including cheap credit for housing. Now, many PDVSA workers can’t feed their families on wages that amount to a handful of U.S. dollars a month. …

In the Orinoco Belt, some drilling rigs are working only intermittently for lack of crews, said two sources there. In PDVSA’s refineries, several small fires have broken out because there are no longer enough supervisors, two sources in the northern Paraguana peninsula said. Lack of personnel in export terminals have forced some ports to cut back working hours, according to two shippers and one trader.


One would think under these circumstances that Maduro might try to bolster morale within PDVSA. And he’s tried, in the usual dictatorial beatings-will-continue manner:

Maduro has overseen the arrest of dozens of high-level PDVSA executives since late last year, sometimes at the Caracas headquarters as shocked employees looked on. Workers now feel watched by supervisors and are loathe to make any business decision out of fear they will later be accused of corruption, the sources said.

This, of course, is straight out of F. A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. Socialism and its central command of a national economy create impossible economic contradictions. When failure inevitably results, the socialists in charge cannot admit that socialism itself is the problem, so they accuse others of corruption or incompetence and find ever-more-ruthless replacements to solve the problem. It’s not a coincidence that the man running PDVSA is a major general who had been previously a housing minister for Maduro, and it’s also no coincidence that his predecessors got arrested for “graft.”

Quevedo’s game plan could have come right out of Hayek’s warnings:

A stiff official who rose through the National Guard, Quevedo fired many long-term employees upon arrival and urged remaining ones to denounce any of their colleagues who oppose Maduro. He tapped soldiers for top roles, giving the oil firm the atmosphere of a “barrack,” two company sources said.

“The military guys arrive calling the engineers thieves and saboteurs,” said a Venezuelan oil executive at a private company who frequently works with PDVSA.


Hey, who wouldn’t want to work at PDVSA under those conditions? Small wonder that Venezuelans are exercising the only effective vote they have — voting with their feet. Even that small breath of freedom will likely depart soon. Closing the HR offices is just the first step; soon, Quevedo and Maduro will declare that workers have no right to quit their job and deprive the glorious Socialist revolution of their skills. They’ll be forced to work at PDVSA at starvation wages. Just imagine what that will do for production.

Hey, Hayek didn’t call it The Road to Serfdom by accident.

Reuters also notes that PDVSA is being propped up mainly by three international firms: Russia’s Rosneft, China’s CNPC, and … Chevron, based in California. All three are reportedly concerned over the flight of workers from the PDVSA paradise. One has to wonder why Chevron’s still sticking around at all. Maybe they should explain that.


So the oil workers are quitting because they no longer earn enough to feed their own families----how greedy of them!

The company that is the largest source of income for the government/country of Venezuela has lost 1/6 of its workforce in only 12 months, and Maduro's solution is to bring in National Guard troops to 'stiffen their resolve'.

I'm sure that will turn out well... :roll:

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You are beating a dead horse, a dead rotten, if not a skeleton carcass.

But then you need a comparison to look good. :lol:

You will not never ever compare to Scandinavia, in a positive way. Only in military power, number gun violence you win. :roll:

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You are beating a dead horse, a dead rotten, if not a skeleton carcass.

But then you need a comparison to look good. :lol:

You will not never ever compare to Scandinavia, in a positive way. Only in military power, number gun violence you win. :roll:

So it goes.
Nonsense, Scandinavia isn't a socialist enclave, high taxes to pay for people's well being from 'cradle to grave' isn't socialism.

It's 'Nannyism'.

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nero wrote:
You are beating a dead horse, a dead rotten, if not a skeleton carcass.

But then you need a comparison to look good. :lol:

You will not never ever compare to Scandinavia, in a positive way. Only in military power, number gun violence you win. :roll:

So it goes.


If (as ABradley mentions) I was looking for a nanny,
or for a Convalescent home,
or I was looking at a prison term

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then I would want to be in Scandanavia.

Otherwise, I am happy right where I am.

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chijohnaok wrote:
nero wrote:
You are beating a dead horse, a dead rotten, if not a skeleton carcass.

But then you need a comparison to look good. :lol:

You will not never ever compare to Scandinavia, in a positive way. Only in military power, number gun violence you win. :roll:

So it goes.


If (as ABradley mentions) I was looking for a nanny,
or for a Convalescent home,
or I was looking at a prison term

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then I would want to be in Scandanavia.

Otherwise, I am happy right where I am.

Welcome to Sweden, or Norway. Think about all those big titted, tight ass ... lesbians. ;)

Not really so, just kidding. I know. :mrgreen:

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